Monday, September 5, 2022

Four up in the loss column, 28 games to go, and the judgement gavel looms over last winter's trade with Minnesota

Three more each against Tampa, Toronto and Baltimore. Six against Boston. And today, Cooperstown Cashman gets to see the legacy of last winter's handiwork - the whopper trade with Minnesota that has brought us to these crossroads of hope and despair.  

On the year, Gary Sanchez is hitting .213 with 13 HRs and 45 RBIs. Remember how we thought the Kraken would finally break out, once he escaped the IPA hipsters and painted ladies of Gotham? Nope. Didn't happen. Coming home, it will be the same old Gary: 103 strikeouts in 337 at bats. Thank God we found Jose Trevino (.260, 10 HR, 37 RBIs). 

Gio Urshela - (.265, with 11 HRs and 53 RBIs) - has been a superior (and cheaper) 3B version of Josh Donaldson (.219, 12 HRs, 50.) We'd better off with Gio, the man who dived into the dugout last year against Tampa, but didn't we always know that would be the case? 

Of course, we got IKF, who allowed Cashman to ignore the bidding wars over a handful of star shortstops on the market. Most notably, the Yankees turned their back on Carlos Correa (.270, 15 HRs, 47 RBis.) I wonder if he and the others hold grudges? We might find out today. 

(There was also that catcher whose name I never learned to spell, but since he spent the year in Scranton, I'll maybe pick it up next spring. Or not. )

Today, Minnesota is tied with Cleveland for first in the lowly AL Central. They'll be playing hard - no tomato can - and this series might bring about the final judgement of last winter's trade. Winner take all.  

Here's Meredith's report:

She spoke with with Yankee manager Aaron Boone after yesterday's game, and while he'd be the first person to tell you that he sees room for improvement in their season totals thus far, he does like what he has seen in some of the recent at bats by Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson, who seem to be seeing the ball better, and while that hasn't yet translated into any big hits, the Yankees know they need these two sluggers to come around if they are going to help lead this Yankee ballclub into the postseason. 


Mildred Lopez said...

Seager was the perfect fit.

29 home runs, 18 doubles, 72 RBI's, 127 OPS+. Left-handed.

Mildred Lopez said...

Benintendi broke his ham bone by the way. Maybe we can get Gallo back?

Doug K. said...

Two quick things...

1) Correa

"Most notably, the Yankees turned their back on Carlos Correa (.270, 15 HRs, 47 RBis.)"

Is that all he's done? He got 35M (I know, I just pissed off the juju gods and he'll beat us today with a homer but... still)

This doesn't absolve Hal/Brain and IKF is not a good SS but Correa ain't killing it commensurate with the $$$.

2) El Gary

As difficult as it is to have lost Urshala at least we don't have to watch this...

NY POST Article today - "Oblivious Gary Sanchez nearly struck in head by swinging on-deck batter"

Of course, if he was still on the Yankees he would have been in no danger because who ever swung would have missed anyway.

The Hammer of God said...

Are they going to lead off Judge for the rest of the season? Wow, if I were Judge, I wouldn't want to hit 50 homers and drive in only 55 runs for the entire season. Even if the Yankees were to offer the biggest contract, I'd be outtahere!

They finally won a game, hoorah!

But we still have all those games to go. That's the downside. A lot of games left to set the all time ignominy records:

1. 27 strikeouts in a 9 inning game

2. 27 strikeouts in a 9 inning game while getting no hit or perfect game'ed

3. 27 strikeouts in a 9 inning game on only 81 pitches (the Immaculate Strikeout Game)

4. 27 strikeouts in a 9 inning game on only 81 pitches, without hitting a foul ball (this one is the baseball equivalent of poker's royal flush, hence called the Immaculate Strikeout Yankee Flush)

The Hammer of God said...

I thought that Minnesota was the wrong place for Gary Sanchez. He needed someplace like the Washington Nats. Minneosta is not much better than the Yankees at fixing guys. Oh, well, who cares? He's not our problem anymore. Unfortunately, however, I think Sanchez and Urshela are licking their chops, ready to stick it to us in this series. Watch out for it, especially in Cole's start.

I was glad that we did not get Carlos Correa. He was getting injured more and more with the ASS-stros and less and less effective. That team knows when to say good-bye. A lot like the Tampons.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Pretty funny, Doug. And yeah, Hammer, we may see all those things!